Why read this?
Shantaram was the magnum opus of Gregory David Roberts who arrived in Indian English Literature with no preamble. It was a novel about a convict who escaped from a prison in Australia, came to Bombay and was entrapped in a web of the underworld. This sequel picks up two years from where Shantaram ended. It’s a thriller and a love story, a perfect read for book lovers. We strongly recommend it, having read Shantaram in one go. Wish the movie had been made with Johnny Depp as Shantaram as announced!
A breath of Bombay hope, in the first glimpse of the sea, on Marine Drive, filled my heart, if not my head. I turned away from the red shadow. I stopped thinking of that pyramid of killers, and Sanjay’s recklessness. I stopped thinking about my own part in the madness. And I rode, with my friends, into the end of everything. The end of the eighties was the beginning of everything. The Berlin wall fell on an empire, and the Taliban took Afghanistan. Lin, on the run after escaping from prison in Australia, working as a passport forger for a Bombay mafia gang, finds himself standing on a tattered corner of a bloody carpet that would soon cover most of the world. But he can’t leave the Island City: not without Karla. Two years after the events in Shantaram, Bombay is a different world, playing by different rules. Lin’s search for love and faith leads him through secret and violent intrigues to the dangerous truth. A love story told with hope and humor, a personal struggle for redemption, and a philosophical quest for the wisdom of our common humanity, The Mountain Shadow is a sublime novel, and an all-consuming, epic thriller.
Author: Gregory David Roberts
Publisher: Little, Brown Books Group
Release: October 2015
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